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One thing I want to be really intentional about as I go through this new period of self-examination is self-care.

Going to the Renaissance Faire is self-care. Really. Fiona and I have adored going for years.

We took along one of Fiona's roommates, Becca. I didn't pull out my camera very much because I was enjoying myself so hugely, but here are the pictures I took.

The first thing I did when we arrived was to head straight for Felix Needleworthy's shop to buy a new bodice. I had donned my old one, but oh my goodness, I have gained enough weight since I purchased it that I could barely breathe. I felt SO much better with the new one on.

Still, it was a very hot and humid day. I hovered on the edge of heat stroke on a couple of occasions and had to really push water. I bought a Battenburg lace parasol, too, which is a lovely confection which turned out to be very useful, and which I will enjoy owning.

I have been looking for a hat to wear with my costume for several years. There is a new shop called Blond Swan with absolutely ravishing hats, and I tried one on that was (for the first time) absolutely lovely, and oh, I wanted it. The price tag was ghastly, however, and after buying the bodice (and with Fiona's wise advice) I decided to forgo it. I found the cap I wear in the picture for a MUCH more reasonable price, $20. I wanted a feather to trim it with, however. Fiona found the blue and white feathers she used to trim her beloved pirate hat at the Blond Swan. I went back there and considered a pin with a frivolous bunch of feathers, but again, the price was higher than I'd liked, and the size a little big in proportion for the cap. Later, I found a perfect feather with a pin at another booth for a mere $5, so I could feel smug about saving money--rather ridiculous, I suppose, after buying the bodice and the parasol!

September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015

These three pictures are a little repetitive, but I don't care; I include them all because I adore Fiona's gamine looks in all of them.

September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015

Here was a lovely moment when Becca and Fiona stopped to admire a booth selling hand-drawn maps of various fantasy worlds.

Fiona and Becca September 5 2015

Oh, it was fun. Fiona and Becca were lovely about spending the day with me, despite the fact that I was drooping quite a bit at the end of the day from the heat and had to take Fiona's arm as we walked around.

I came home tired, sunburnt, and extremely happy. Also newly determined to lose weight. The new bodice is beautiful, but dammit, I should be fitting into the old one. I went on a 3.75 mile walk today, and intend to do something to exercise every day.
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It was bloody hot, and I was exhausted by the time we got home, but it was still a wonderful time, as always.

Here are a couple of pics of the way we looked when we started the day. I had a new chemise by the time we got home, as my old one was about fifteen years old and the elastic was completely out of shape. In the selfie, you get an idea of Fiona's new haircut.

Peg and Fiona Ren Fest 2014

Fiona pirate Insouciant Ren Fest 2014
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Fiona went to the Renaissance Faire today and bought a new chemise and skirt to go with her awesome leather bodice and hat.

She looks loverly.

August 25, 2012
August 25, 2012
August 25, 2012
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Fiona goes to the Renaissance Faire.

Lordy, I wish I were going with her.

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Here we were at the beginning of the day. (Delia was in that 'don't take my picture' mood.)

Some new acquisitions:

Delia got a jingle coin bellydancing costume. Lovely and cheerfully festive!

Fiona got a new green skirt from Felix Needleworthy, the tricorne hat that she tried on last year and fell in love with (I took a picture of it then, and she uses it as her Facebook profile picture), and a new leather bodice. She got the hat at New Ptyerodactyl Leather; can't remember the name of the shop where she got the bodice. Whoa, the combination is absolutely stunning.

Here's the picture I took last year of her in that same hat which she uses as her Facebook picture. It's one of my very favorite pictures of all time of her:

Renaissance Faire 2009
Renaissance Faire 2009
Fiona's Facebook picture

Here we are at the end of the day. Not such a good picture because of the sun's glare (and Fiona's hat throw's Delia's face in shadow). I'm wearing a new belt I got at Renaissance Leather.

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We started out the day like this:

And then we went off and had many adventures )

As you can see, by the end of the day, we looked quite different:

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We went to the festival yesterday. This time, Rob came along, too. I was a bit worried, because he has had an infection in his foot that has gotten so bad that he is now on antibiotics, but he seemed to tolerate the walking fairly well.

We went back to the same shop where last year we bought a gown for Delia. This year, again, there was just one gown left, and this one fit Fiona. Again, we hadn't entered the shop intending to buy, but we walked out with Fiona wearing the dress. Hers is a green, and it fits her beautifully. She already has a chemise, and the skirt she sewed when we got her a bodice last year, so we just put the bodice in a bag to carry, and she was all set. The girls are delighted to both have Renaissance dresses. I tried on a beautiful Felix Needleworthy gown (I already have one of his bodice/chemise and skirt sets). I really wanted it, but didn't have the $275 necessary, so I had to leave that one behind. It fitted beautifully. *Sigh* The mad money was not available for that.

I did find two beautiful sarongs in the large size that I've been searching for everywhere, one red and the other a lavender blue, and I did buy those. The weather was a little nippy, and although the girls and I had brought shawls, we were glad to have those to wrap around ourselves, too. We wandered and browsed through shops and watched various shows. The girls had soup served in bread bowls, and Rob and I had a pot roast sandwich and chili. We ended with the traditional apple dumpling at the end of the day. I danced to the drums near the entrance, as I always do. A lovely day at the festival.


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